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The Brain Scoop:
Crystal and her Water Beetles

At any given time, a number of my colleagues are absent from the building. Curators, collections managers, students - they’re off giving lectures at universities, hosting conferences across the country, or in the middle of collecting trips around the globe. 

Crystal Maier - Collections Manager of Insects - spent the month of February in New Zealand, making new collections of water beetles from the country’s southern streams. I stand by it: you want to travel the world? Become a natural history scientist. Her work on this group of insects is enhancing our understanding of everything from insect evolution, to tracking the quality of freshwater streams. Such a small beetle, such a big impact!